Craniosacral Therapy (CST)
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What is CST and How can it help me?
for a full explanation. For Louise's thoughts see below
CST is an amazing therapy that can be difficult to explain, which is why I have attached a link above to the website of the Upledger Institute UK for a full explanation, better than I can give succinctly myself!
I first became really interested in CST when I was training in Myofascial Release in 2015. I was looking for gentle bodywork techniques to use alongside or as an alternative to massage for clients with issues that were seemingly more structural or more deeply ingrained in the body/mind. Massage is brilliant for releasing tight muscles and alleviating stress and tension, but I often felt people needed something that worked on holding patterns that were present in the body/mind that were keeping them in pain or preventing full healing of chronic issues.
At the time in my Practice I was working with a lot of clients who were struggling with headaches and migraines, and it seemed that CST could be really benefical where sometimes other treatments had not proved helpful. I did my research on where to study, chose the Upledger Institute and signed up for CST 1 in 2016 hoping to learn some techniques to help my clients.
I did learn some very useful techniques that have proved very beneficial for many clients and I also found a whole new way of working, a new philosophy to incorporate into my life and work, and a whole new family to be part of!
I have found receiving CST treatments to be hugely helpful for my own health and wellbeing and personal development and have thoroughly enjoyed studying CST ever since. People often asked me if I have finished my CST training yet and my answer to that is always No, because I fully expect, with great pleasure, to be continuing to take courses and deepen my understanding every year for the rest of my career.
The best way to understand the benefits of CST is to experience it; something I am most interested in is how receiving CST can completely slow and quieten us down, allowing time and space for us to connect with our bodies and ourselves, sometimes helping us understand what is holding us back and what we need.
CST can help us release tension and create space and flow at a very physical structural level - in the bony structures, fascia, membranes and fluids of the body - and also on an emotional level - in our thoughts and feelings and how comfortable we are in ourselves - by releasing issues in our tissues held deep inside. Restrictions can have been acquired recently or at any point in our life but via CST you can often connect to them and help facilitate release or some improvement or change.
CST has a profound affect on the Nervous System, which influences every other system in the body, which is one of the reasons it can be so deeply relaxing and so beneficial to the overall health of a person receiving regular treatments.
During a CST treatment you generally lie on your back on the couch, supported with pillows and bolsters as needed, and you remain clothed. The therapist will gently place their hands on parts of your body to assess or treat the tissues. It often looks like nothing much is happening but inside the body all kinds of changes may be occuring. Sometimes the therapist will ask you what you are noticing in your body/mind/awareness and we may talk about any movements or sensations you are experiencing or images or memories that present themselves. Often it will be a quiet and peaceful session, not always.
If you'd like to find out more about whether CST might be helpful for you please make an enquiry via the form at the bottom of the page or contact Louise direct
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